Stowe Foliage Arts Festival Highlights American Craft Week

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When ​autumn​ ​approaches,​ ​that’s​ ​when​ ​the​ ​craft​ ​festival​ ​season​ ​begins​ ​in​ ​earnest.​ ​Craftproducers​ ​​ celebrates​ ​American​ ​Craft​ ​Week​ ​in​ ​Vermont​ ​with​ ​​ 41st​ ​​​ ​Annual​ Stowe Foliage Arts ​Festival​. ​The show​ ​will​ ​be​ ​held​ October 11-13 ​at Topnotch Field on the Mountain Road, Route 108, in Stowe, Vermont. It’s a rain or shine event: several large heated tents will house all the exhibits.

Stowe Foliage Arts Festival in Stowe Vermont

According​ ​to​ ​organizers​ ​of​ ​American​ ​Craft​ ​Week,​ ​“While​ ​other​ ​industry​ ​associations​ ​have​ ​long​ ​touted their ​ ​products,​ ​the​ ​craft​ ​industry​ ​has​ ​lacked​ ​a​ ​single​ ​way​ ​to​ ​be​ ​highly​ ​visible.​ ​Crafts​ ​enrich​ ​our​ ​homes,​ ​wardrobes,​ ​offices​ ​and​ ​public​ ​spaces.​ ​​ ​The crafts industry​ ​contributes​ ​to​ ​our​ ​nation’s​ ​economy​ ​and​ ​the​ ​fabric​ ​of​ ​our​ ​national​ ​history.​ ​Craftwork​ ​is original,​ ​beautiful​ ​and​ ​enduring.” As​ ​one​ ​craft​ ​artist​ ​put​ ​it,​ ​”this​ ​is​ ​the​ ​creative​ economy!” 

The ​ Stowe show​ ​features​ ​175​ ​artists​ ​and​ ​artisans​ ​displaying​ ​and​ ​selling​ ​traditional​ ​and​ ​contemporary crafts ​ ​and​ ​original​ ​art​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​a​ ​specialty​ ​food​ ​section.​ The exhibitors are a fascinating group of people. “Meet the artists! Hear their stories! And buy their work!” says producer, Tim Cianciola. In fact many customers start and finish their holiday gift buying at the show.

​While​ ​craft​ ​shopping,​ ​customers​ ​are​ ​delighted with great food, live music, and Vermont craft beers served by Idletyme Brewery, all inside a heated dining tent.    

Besides​ ​savoring​ ​Vermont​ ​food​ ​and​ ​drink,​ ​there​ ​are​ ​many​ ​craft​ ​demos.​ ​​Craftproducers​ ​​is​ ​proud​ ​to feature Matt Brown, currently residing in Lyme, NH and New Haven, VT, ​as​ ​one​ ​of​ ​its​ ​demonstrating​ ​exhibitors.  Matt explains, “I have been working the craft of color woodblock printmaking since January, 1993. Spending time with Japanese prints in my home, visiting Japanese prints at the homes of friends and neighbors,  at museums, and through books, was largely how I learned in the early formative years.” Brown uses the hanga method: (Hanga is woodblock printing using water as a medium). Festival-goers can witness Brown at work in his booth, actually creating original pieces.

printmaker Matt Brown at the Vermont Art Festival

Also, in the Japanese vein, Vermont potter, Richard Foye brings his mesmerizing Raku demonstration to the Festival. Another demo involving fire will feature Harry Besett, a glassblower from Hardwick, VT. Last but not least, Jeffey Gale, will be hard at work crafting amazing traditional wood baskets, treasured by serious collectors..                   

In a nutshell,​ ​the Stowe Foliage Arts​ ​Festival​ ​will​ ​be​ ​held​ ​ ​October​ 11-13 ​ ​at Topnotch Field. ​Hours​ ​are​ ​10-5​ ​daily,​ ​Friday​ ​through​ ​Sunday.​ ​Adult​ ​admission​ ​is​ ​$10,​ ​children​ ​are​ ​free.​ ​Rain or​ ​shine-inside​ heated Camelot tents.​ ​​ ​Free​ ​parking.​ ​No​ ​pets. ​ ​Complete​ ​information​ ​is​ ​available​ ​at Craftproducers.com.

CONTACT:​ ​​Tim​ ​Cianciola​ ​802-316-5019 ​or​ ​tim@craftproducers.com

Lynne Puhalla’s Unique Functional Art

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Lynne Puhalla’s connection with nature is evident throughout her work, as many of her pieces incorporate the leaves, vines and flowers that grow in her extensive English-style gardens.

leaf plate by Lynne Puhalla

“I love working and experimenting with the use of form, shape and texture,” Lynne shares. “I have always had a passion for weaving and basketry, but when I was exposed to ceramics through friends who were potters, I found that getting my hands into clay was a natural. So rather than choosing between the two mediums, I decided to pursue both.”

Come see Lynne Puhalla’s unique designs at the 31st Annual Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival, October 4-6 at Riley Rink in Manchester, Vermont.

Roycroft Renaissance Master Printmaker Elizabeth Andrews

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“I have been making up tales since I was five days old.” – Roycroft Rennaissance Master Artisan Elizabeth Andrews brings delightful humor, dream-like imagination, and impeccable technique to her traditional, hand-pulled etchings. 

Come meet the Artist and learn about her work and what the Roycroft Mark is all about at the 31st Annual Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival, October 4-6 at Riley Rink in Manchester, VT. 

Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival Kicks Off American Craft Week in Vermont

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When the cooler days of​ ​autumn​ ​approach,​ ​that’s​ ​when​ ​the​ ​craft​ ​festival​ ​season​ heats up. ​Craftproducers​ ​​ ​kicks off​ ​the Fall Foliage season​ ​in​ ​Vermont​ ​with​ ​​​31st​ ​​​ ​Annual​ ​Manchester​ ​Fall​ ​Art​ ​and​ ​Craft​ ​Festival​. ​The show ​ ​will​ ​be​ ​held​ ​October 4 through 6​ ​at​ ​Riley​ ​Rink​ ​on​ ​Route​ ​7A,​ ​a​ ​mile​ ​and​ ​a​ ​half​ ​north of​ ​downtown​ ​Manchester,​ ​Vermont.​ ​It​ ​will​ ​take​ ​place​ ​inside​ ​the​ ​cozy​ ​confines​ ​of​ ​Riley​ ​Rink and expands outdoors with array of exhibitors, the food court and a dining tent, lending a festive mood.  There are 40 or so exhibitors outdoors and 110 inside the building. 

According​ ​to​ ​organizers​ ​of​ ​American​ ​Craft​ ​Week,​ ​“While​ ​other​ ​industry​ ​associations​ ​have​ ​long​ ​touted their ​ ​products,​ ​the​ ​craft​ ​industry​ ​has​ ​lacked​ ​a​ ​single​ ​way​ ​to​ ​be​ ​highly​ ​visible.​ ​​ ​Crafts​ ​enrich​ ​our​ ​homes,​ ​wardrobes,​ ​offices​ ​and​ ​public​ ​spaces.​ ​​ ​The  crafts ​ ​industry​ ​contributes​ ​to​ ​our​ ​nation’s​ ​economy​ ​and​ ​the​ ​fabric​ ​of​ ​our​ ​national​ ​history.​ ​Craftwork​ ​is original,​ ​beautiful​ ​and​ ​enduring.”​ ​​ ​As​ ​one​ ​craft​ ​artist​ ​put​ ​it,​ ​”this​ ​is​ ​the​ ​creative​ economy!” 

The ​ Manchester show ​features​ ​140 ​ ​artists​ ​and​ ​artisans​ ​displaying​ ​and​ ​selling​ ​traditional​ ​and​ ​contemporary crafts ​ ​and​ ​original​ ​art​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​a​ ​specialty​ ​food​ ​section.​ The exhibitors are a fascinating group of people. “Meet the artists! Hear their stories! And buy their work!” says producer, Tim Cianciola. In fact many customers start and finish their holiday gift buying at the show.

​ ​While​ ​craft​ ​shopping,​ ​customers​ ​are​ ​delighted with great food, and Vermont craft beers.  Adding to the ambience there are several exhibitors who demonstrate in the outdoor area.         

​Once ​ ​again,​ ​the​ ​Manchester​ ​Fall​ ​Art​ ​and​ ​Craft​ ​Festival​ ​will​ ​be​ ​held​ ​October 4-6​ ​at Riley ​ ​Rink.​ ​Hours​ ​are​ ​10-5​ ​daily,​ ​Friday​ ​through​ ​Sunday.​ ​Adult​ ​admission​ ​is​ ​$10,​ ​children​ ​are​ ​free.​ ​Rain or​ ​shine-inside​ ​building and outdoors. Saturday is Health Awareness Day with MVP and its RV and staff sharing tips for a healthy lifestyle. ​ ​Free​ ​parking.​ ​No​ ​pets; service animals only.​ ​Complete​ ​information​ ​is​ ​available​ ​at Craftproducers.com.

Wilburton Inn Sponsors the Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival

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Thanks to the Wilburton Inn & Restaurant for sponsoring the 31st Annual Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival, coming up October 4-6 at Riley Rink in Manchester, VT!

wilburton inn

The Wilburton Inn & Restaurant is a majestic Manchester Village estate featuring a historic country inn, the Museum of the Creative Process, a retreat center, marble destination wedding venue and nearby organic farm. Dr. Albert Levis, psychiatrist, scholar and Holocaust survivor from Athens, Greece, has run the Wilburton with his family for over 30 years. The Museum promotes a new scientific breakthrough that integrates psychology, mythology, religion and through a new way of looking at art. The Creative Process is the integrative moral paradigm that heals the person and the world.

The Levis family is proud to support the 31st Annual Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival.

We welcome artists and art lovers to our booth at the craft show and to discover the Museum of the Creative Process and Wilburton Inn at 257 Wilburton Drive Manchester VT. 802-362-2500.

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Two Incredible Exhibits Now on View at the Bennington Museum

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Bennington Museum will offer free admission to attendees of the Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival on August 2, 3, and 4 with the presentation of a Festival pass!

Now on view at the Bennington Museum:

Fields of Change: 1960s Vermont 

Color Fields: 1960s Bennington Modernism

Fields of Change exhibit at the Bennington Musem

Through November 3 – Fields of Change: 1960s Vermont explores a complex time that has come to define Vermont as it is today. The 1960s were a decade of dramatic, paradigmatic shifts in the social, political, and cultural identity of Vermont.

Through December 30 – Color Fields: 1960s Bennington Modernism explores the time when Bennington College served as a rural epicenter for artists who were pushing the possibilities of abstraction in pared-down, color-based works that have come to be known collectively as Color Field. Among the artists are Anthony Caro, Paul Feeley, Helen Frankenthaler, Ruth Ann Fredenthal, Kenneth Noland, and Jules Olitski.

Come to the Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival at Camelot Village Craft Center, then take your ticket to the Bennington Museum for free admission!

Bennington Museum Offers Free Admission for Southern Vermont Festival Visitors

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What’s even better than spending a day at the Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival? How about also getting free admission to the Bennington Museum?

On the weekend on August 2-4, visitors to the Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival will receive a voucher for complimentary admission to the renowned Bennington Museum with purchase of a Festival ticket. At just $8 adult admission to the Festival (and only $5 on Friday!), this is an excellent excuse to make your visit to Bennington a full Art weekend getaway.

Fields of Change exhibit at the Bennington Musem

Through November 3 –Fields of Change: 1960s Vermont explores a complex time that has come to define Vermont as it is today. The 1960s were a decade of dramatic, paradigmatic shifts in the social, political, and cultural identity of Vermont.

The Bennington Museum is open 10am-5pm daily (through October), is wheelchair accessible, and has free on-site parking. Special exhibitions this summer include Fields of Change: 1960s Vermont, Color Fields: 1960s Bennington Modernism, and Color | Gesture: Early Works of Emily Mason. The permanent collection includes the largest public collection of Grandma Moses paintings in the world, Bennington Pottery – From the Beginning, Early Vermont History and Firearms, Gilded Age Vermont, Contemporary and Outsider Art, and more in 14 galleries located in downtown Bennington, Vermont.

The Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival is located at Camelot Village and features over 120 fine art and craft Exhibitors selling their own handcrafted creations, with a special section of Specialty Food and Spirits makers. There is live music, great Festival fare and beverages, and special activities from local organizations including the Art Bus with children’s art projects. Parking is free and convenient, and although you could rush through in a couple hours you will likely want to plan at least a full afternoon to browse and have some time to relax in the dining tent with a local brew while the band plays!

Make the most of this great offer and come enjoy southern Vermont at one of its finest times! While Vermont is known for it’s Autumn foliage, experiencing the Green Mountains at their greenest is topped only by the array of incredible artworks on display in Bennington on the weekend of August 2-4!


The Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival is supported by Best Western Hotel in Bennington, Vermont

The Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival is supported by Best Western Hotel in Bennington, Vermont – a great place to stay when visiting Bennington and Southern Vermont!

35th Annual Stowe Foliage Arts Festival Coincides With Apex of Fall Color

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Stowe, Vermont – Craftproducers kicks off American Craft Week in Vermont with the 35th Annual Stowe Foliage Arts Festival. The show will be held October 5-7, 2018, at Topnotch Field on the Mountain Road, Route 108, in Stowe, Vermont 05672.

Hours are 10-5 daily, Friday through Sunday. Adult admission is $10, children are free. It’s a rain or shine event; several large heated tents will house all the exhibits. Free parking. No pets.

The Stowe show features 175 artists and artisans displaying and selling traditional and contemporary crafts and original art as well as a specialty food section. The exhibitors are a fascinating group of people. “Meet the artists! Hear their stories! And buy their work,” says producer, Tim Cianciola.

While craft shopping, customers are delighted with great food, live music, and Vermont craft beers served by Idletyme Brewery, all inside a heated dining tent. Besides savoring Vermont food and drink, there are many craft demos.

Craftproducers is proud to feature Zhong-Hua Lu as one of its demonstrating exhibitors at this year’ show. Joining him are Vermonters Richard Foye and his compelling Raku pottery demo. Piper Strong, another Vermonter, will showcase her welding techniques creating a new take on classical masterpieces.

According to organizers of American Craft Week, “While other industry associations have long touted their products, the craft industry has lacked a single way to be highly visible. Crafts enrich our homes, wardrobes, offices and public spaces. The crafts industry contributes to our nation’s economy and the fabric of our national history. Craft work is original, beautiful and enduring. “As one craft artist put it, “this is the creative economy!”

 

Art & Craft Festival Kicks off Foliage Season in Manchester, September 28-30

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Famous New Hampshire Artist to Demonstrate at Manchester Fall Crafts Fair

When the cooler days of autumn approach, that’s when the craft festival season heats up. Craftproducers kicks off the Fall season in Vermont with the 30th Annual Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival. The show will be held September 28 through 30, 2018, at Riley Rink on Route 7A (410 Hunter Park Rd.), a mile and a half north of downtown Manchester, Vermont. It will take place inside the confines of Riley Rink and expands outdoors with array of exhibitors, the food court and. a dining tent, lending a festive mood.

October Art and Craft Festival in Manchester Vermont
The Manchester show features 150 artists and artisans displaying and selling traditional and contemporary crafts and original art as well as a specialty food section. While craft shopping, customers are delighted with great food, music, and Vermont craft beers.

Hours are 10-5 daily, Friday through Sunday. Adult admission is $10, but $7 on Friday. Children are free. Rain or shine-inside building and outdoors. Saturday is Health Awareness Day with MVP and its RV and staff sharing tips for a healthy lifestyle. Free parking. No pets, please.

Organizer Tim Cianciola is an enthusiastic supporter of the handcraft movement in the United States. He says, “Our hope is to educate more people about the importance of American craftsmen and women. Crafts enrich our homes, wardrobes, offices and public spaces. Craft work is original, beautiful and enduring. As one craft artist put it, “this is the creative economy!”


Besides savoring Vermont food and drink, there are many craft demos. Craftproducers is proud to feature Matt Brown, currently residing in Lyme, NH and New Haven, VT, as one of its demonstrating exhibitors. Matt explains, “I have been working the craft of color woodblock printmaking since January 1993. Self-taught in my printmaking, my pursuit in the first few years was mostly in isolation. Spending time with Japanese prints in my home, visiting Japanese prints at the homes of friends and neighbors, at museums, and through books, was largely how I learned in the early formative years.” Brown uses the hangar method – a woodblock printing technique using water as a medium. Festival goers can witness Brown at work in his booth, creating original pieces.

Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival Highlights Bennington Arts Weekend

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125 artists, artisans, and specialty food producers will showcase their creations under spacious Camelot tents. While the Craft Festival is taking place at Camelot Village, the Town of Bennington is busy and bustling with Vermont craft beer on tap and food vendors offering local farm to table fare.

Bennington, Vermont – Craftproducers presents their 40th Annual Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival, the jewel in the crown of an ever-expanding Bennington Arts Weekend, August 3-5, 2018. The Festival itself will be held at Camelot Village, 66 Colgate Heights, Bennington, VT 05201.

125 artists, artisans, and specialty food producers will showcase their creations under spacious Camelot tents. Along with craft shopping, the ambiance is festive: live music, craft demos, kids activities, and a varied food court, serving a menu to please any palate and featuring Vermont Craft beers.

Fair-goers enjoy the intimacy of the show with many tourists booking their Vermont summer vacations to coincide with this weekend. The Festival connects both the artist and the customer in a unique relationship: the buyer gets to know the maker of the product, hear the story about how it’s made, and learns about the artisan and his/her life. Legions of day trippers from Albany/Saratoga and the Berkshires often frequent the festival.

While the Craft Festival is taking place at Camelot Village, the Town of Bennington is busy and bustling with Vermont craft beer on tap and food vendors offering local farm to table fare. On Friday, downtown is alive with First Friday. On Saturday August 5, the Homebrew Festival takes place at The Four Corners North with a free shuttle running to the craft show at Camelot Village. Saturday is also Healing Arts Day with presentations of yoga, mindfulness, acupuncture, and massage at the Festival.

The Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival runs 10-5 on Friday and Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday. There is a special price for adult admission on Friday – $5 – and Saturday and Sunday are $8; and kids and parking are free. No pets. Complete info can be found at www.craftproducers.com.

So, come spend the weekend. Explore Vermont’s first town.  Relax, and enjoy the full spectrum of what Bennington has to offer on its Arts Weekend.